LEO Knott must be the fastest one-year-old at any Parkrun.

On Saturday, he crossed the finish line in 17 minutes and 55 seconds, strapped into his buggy and being pushed by dad Graeme Knott.

The pair were once again first finishers at the Harwich Parkrun.

For dad it was his 16th time as first finisher and his fastest time since June 2016.

As young Leo was not born last June, it was also a personal best as a duo.

Both the next two finishers were also Harwich Runners members.

In second was Simon Day, in 18m 21s, and this was his quickest time since February.

Third spot went to Mark Rutter, in 19m 6s, who is making a steady return to fitness, having been out with injury since March.

This week’s time was ten seconds better than last week.

The first three lady finish positions also went to Harwich members.

The first lady was again Parkrun regular Claudine Benstead, returning back in 20m 54s, with Kate Hodgkiss second in 21m 30s, followed by Alison Evans in third with a new personal best (PB) of 23m 56s.

This is the first time Evans has gone under 24 minutes, an improvement of nine seconds.

Other club members to record new bests this week included Ian Flook, who finished fourth in 19m 20s, and Ian Bolton, who ran his fastest since August, in 22m 47s.

Alan Gardener also had his fastest run since August, in 21m 40s.

Isabella McCreadie achieved a new PB of 28m 33s, which was over a minute quicker than her previous PB set back in July 2016.

It was first time under 30 minutes for Zoe Orr.

For weeks she has been tantalisingly close, but this week she achieved it with a new PB of 29m 58s.

Kim Pretty had to contend with the frustration of equalling his best time, set only last week, of 23m 50s.

He is probably wondering how he can knock off some extra time to better that.

The first-finishing club junior was once again Michael Knowles, in 21m 17s, just eight seconds off his best.

On Sunday three members of Harwich Runners competed in the Chelmsford 10k.

Robert Reason, who had recently run 35m 6s at the Southend 10k, showed his return from injury is continuing.

He finished in eighth place in a season's best time of 34m 35s.

Matt Doran, who is also making a comeback, recorded 47m 26s.

Andrew Thorn was the only one of the trio to achieve a PB.

His time of 49m 10s was a vast improvement on his previous best.

Also on Sunday, runners had a choice of five or ten miles at the annual Hadleigh race.

Thirteen club members travelled over to take part.

The first Harwich finisher in the ten-mile race was Lee Allen.

Running his first ten-mile race in a black and white vest, he crossed the line in 67m 45s.

Claudine Benstead won her age category and her time of 72m 34s was over one and a half minutes quicker than her time at the same race the previous year.

Dennis Warner finished in 77m 3s, while Peter Fraser-Hopewell recorded 83m 32s and Jeff Higgon 87m 38s.

Anna Young ran the Great Baddow ten-mile earlier in the year in 94m 48s.

Her time of 87m 6s was the biggest improvement of any club member in the ten-mile event.

The five-mile race was dominated by club members.

Stephen Peck continued his very successful year with a win and set a new course record of 28m 19s. Close behind in second place was fellow club member Steve Cooper, who is running at his best for a few years, and his time was 28m 29s.

The next club member home was Archie Barrington, in seventh place, which secured the first team place for Harwich.

Barrington’s time of 31m 43s was a new PB.

There was also a new personal best for Nicola Flatt, who is making improvements almost weekly.

Her new PB for the distance was 39m 26s.

Jez Downs, Jo Higgon and Katherine Pleace also completed the five-mile distance for the local club.